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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announces birth of baby orangutan

You can help name the baby male orangutan while helping to support conservation efforts.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published story

It's a boy!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has announced the birth of a male orangutan. The birth took place on April 28.

According to a release, the baby is the first successful orangutan birth at the Zoo since 2014 and the fifth since The RainForest opened in 1992. 

Guests visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have a chance to see baby and mom at The RainForest beginning Tuesday. You can also help name the orangutan and support conservation efforts in the wild.

Here's how it works: To participate in the naming opportunity, guests can cast a vote online at FutureForWildlife.org/babynaming to make a donation in support of orangutan conservation for one of the following names:

  • Halim, meaning gentle
  • Rimba, meaning jungle
  • Zaki, meaning pure

“We’re thrilled to announce the birth of our new male orangutan, who will serve as an important ambassador for the decreasing number of Bornean orangutans in the wild,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. “By helping to name the orangutan, we hope to inspire a closer connection and appreciation for orangutans and the critical threats the species face in the wild.”

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo keepers and veterinarians have been closely monitoring both baby and mom, Kera Wak. Bornean orangutans typically weigh between 3 and 4.5 pounds at birth. This is Kera’s second successful offspring with sire, Tiram, following the birth of Merah in October 2014. 

Similar to humans, orangutan offspring are completely dependent on their mother for the first few years of their life.

Kera and baby have joined Tiram, Kayla and Merah in their habitat in The RainForest and guests have a chance to see them daily. Both mom and baby will also continue to have access to their behind-the-scenes area as they bond.

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